Jewelry Appraisers in Gaithersburg MD
Reviews of Appraisers and Gemologists who provide jewelry appraisal & gemological services to the Gaithersburg, Maryland. Antique, estate & modern diamond jewelry & watches are valued and included in appraisal reports for all purposes including: Insurance Replacement, Estate, Open Market, Divorce Settlement & Equitable Distribution etc.
All JAW Associates:
- Are full-time professional Appraisers and Gemologists not retail jewelers.
- Are fully qualified and experienced.
- Have had all of their credentials independently verified by us.
- Are held to account by national and sometimes also international appraisal governing bodies.
To display each business's jewelry appraisal fees, verified qualifications & credentials, reviews and contact details, click the ‘View Profile’ buttons.
The Appraisers below are arranged in order of the the number of customer reviews they have received.
During this difficult time, some companies are offering a zero-contact re-appraisal service on jewelry that they have previously examined. Conditions will apply.
Other services may be available. Please look for the Coronavirus panel on the Appraiser's Profile page.
Yantz Bradbury Associates
Rockville, MD, USA
The appraiser who comes to you in Gaithersburg. Yantz Bradbury Associates is an independent jewelry and watch appraisal service headed by Sherlene Y. Bradbury, a GIA Graduate Gemologist-in-Residence and a Certified Master Appraiser with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers with retail and appraisal experience dating back to 1979. After acquiring sales experience in antique, estate and fine modern jewelry, she retired from retail and along with her husband and fellow Graduate Gemologist, Robbie Bradbury, they opened their Maryland appraisal service in 2003. Today, she brings an extensive... [more]
Types of Jewelry Appraisals
Only those specifically referred to on this page are described here
Further types will be mentioned on the Appraisers' profile pages as there are several other types of appraisal reports, each with its own particular wording, purpose, objectives and resulting values.
Insurance Replacement (routinely requested) - Replacement value appraisals are intended to be used for scheduled insurance coverage of jewelry and watches. The descriptions are usually the most detailed of any appraisal type and include the quality and condition of the item as well as the cut, color, clarity and carat weight (calculated or estimated) of gemstones and diamonds. When appropriate, the age or historical provenance may also be considered as value elements. Depending on the specifics of the item being appraised, the replacement value may be based on the analysis of sales for similar ‘new’ items of like kind and quality or sales of ‘used’ (vintage) items of comparable kind, quality and utility.
Equitable Division / Distribution (occasionally requested) - Used to divide an estate among its heirs in an impartial and financially fair manner. Several different types of value could be requested by the estate administrator depending on what the heirs have agreed to or the specific needs of the estate. In general, the level of detail provided in the report is sufficient to identify the property being appraised and highlight the primary characteristics on which the value was based. Fair market value, market value, liquidation value and marketable cash value are some of the more common types of value requested by estate administrators.
You may have to look outside the Gaithersburg area if you require a very specialized service that may be outwith the scope of a normal gem and jewelry appraisal, or if you require a jewelry expert or Gemologist to travel to another country. Appraisal services such a jeweler's stock audit, Capital Gains assessments and certain types of evaluation for investigations by the IRS or FBI are handled by specialists on JAW but you may need to broaden your search.
Please see the Maryland Jewelry Appraisers page for more options.